100 Interesting Facts About USA

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51Made in USA label

In 2015, a report found 100+ Walmart products labeled “Made in the USA” that are actually made elsewhere.


52. GPS is wholly controlled by the USA and can be ‘switched off’ at any time.


53. Atheists in the USA have disapproval rates higher than those of Muslims and homosexuals.


54. The award-winning “Aussie Shampoo”, whose brand logo is a kangaroo, is sold in Europe, Britain, and the USA but not Australia. The company is based out of Ohio.


55. In the USA, you are statistically about twice as likely to kill yourself rather than be murdered.


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56Coloring of meat

Carbon Monoxide is used in the USA to make meat appear fresher. This practice is banned in Canada, Japan, Singapore, and the European Union.


57. The last man (James W. Rodgers ) to be executed by firing squad in the USA asked for a bulletproof vest as his last wish.


58. Most cheerleading apparel and equipment brands in the USA are owned by just one company (Varsity Brands), which also owns almost all of the regulatory bodies, and also runs the national competitions.


59. While the USA is the only average for racial diversity, it is one of the highest in the world in willingness to have other races as neighbors.


60. 8th January 1836 is the last day in history that the USA had no national debt.


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61The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg was originally designed to use non-flammable helium but the USA refused to export any resulting in the hydrogen-based construction.


62. Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning in the USA are male.


63. Russia (Big Diomede) and USA (Little Diomede) are only 3.8km apart at the nearest point.


64. Sliced bread was briefly banned in the USA in 1943 as a wartime conservation measure.


65. In 1967, protesters in the USA requested a permit to levitate the Pentagon 300 feet in the air, through songs and chants, to exorcise it of its evil and end the Vietnam War. Authorities agreed to only 3 feet.


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66Bonsai tree

A 400-year-old bonsai tree survived the nuclear blast of Hiroshima in 1945. Later the tree was presented to the USA as a gift and it is still flourishing in National Arboretum (Washington, D.C.) and past of the tree remained hidden till 2001.


67. In 1995, WHO study that stated “Occasional cocaine use does not typically lead to severe or even minor physical or social problems” was never published because USA threatened to withdraw US funding for all WHO research projects.


68. The USA recruited 1500 German scientists, technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and created false employment histories and expunged Nazi Party memberships and regime affiliations from the public record


69. Shirō Ishii was the head of Japan's Unit 731 during World War 2. His unit conducted physiological human experiments such as vivisections, forced abortions, and simulated strokes, heart attacks, frostbite, and hypothermia. Ishii and his team managed to negotiate with the USA and receive immunity in 1946 from war-crimes prosecution in exchange for their full disclosure of germ warfare data based on human experimentation.


70. There actually were chemical weapons found in Iraq during the first and second Gulf War which resulted in Saddam's execution. The USA government was too embarrassed to admit it at that time because it helped in the production of those chemical weapons.


71Benjamin Franklin's naked theory

One of the Founding Fathers of USA, Benjamin Franklin had a theory that caused him to believe that nudity was good for you. To avoid getting sick, Franklin came up with something he called an “air bath.” He would open the windows of his house to increase air circulation and then sit in front of the window in the nude, presumably to get the full effects of the increased airflow. He also used to take outdoor baths, where he would just walk around/spin around naked to use the air to clean himself.


72. The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas is the only place in the USA where you can find naturally occurring diamonds. It is open to the public, and you can keep any diamond you find, regardless of the size.


73. When USA’s first space station Skylab crashed in Australia in 1979, Australia issued USA a fine of A$400 for littering, which remained unpaid for 30 years.


74. It is cheaper to fly to the USA from Australia to buy Adobe’s Creative Suite than to buy it within Australia.


75. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest number of billionaires in the USA.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Re #6: “During the Korean War”? While that may be technically correct, it certainly is bad reporting. The Korean War, as the term is generally understood, refers to the active fighting from 25 June 1950 to 27 July 1953. Yes, there has been no peace treaty and the fighting stopped with an armistice. Still, that does not mean “Korean War” refers to anything after July of 1953.

  2. Re #45: They can’t “refuse to be US citizens”. Those individuals are citizens of the United States unless and until they go outside the country and renounce US citizenship in the manner prescribed by law.

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